These horrifying statistics feature the importance of preventing falls by taking conscious safeguards. Age related losses in flexibility, muscle strength, or balance can be easily addressed through strength assessments, steady gait training, and rehabilitation therapy.
- One-fourth of seniors who fracture a hip from a fall will die within 6 months of the injury.
- When an elderly person falls, their hospital stays are about twice as long than those of elderly patients who are admitted for any other reason.
- The most discerning effect of falling is the loss of function associated with independent living.
- The risk of falling rises with age and is greater for women than men.
- Approximately 9,500 deaths in older Americans are associated with falls each year.
- Annually, falls are reported by one-third of all people over the age of 65.
- Among people aged 65 to 69, one out of every 200 falls results in a hip fracture. That number increases to one out of every 10 for those aged 85 and older.
- Two-thirds of those who fall will do so again in 6 months.
- More than half of all fatal falls involve people 75 and older.
- Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older.
If you find yourself or a loved one in need of rehabilitation therapy, ask your doctor about Herman Health Care Center. Our award-winning team of therapists use cutting age equipment and specific objective assessments to identify and treat deficits that may lead to a future fall.